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Human rights clinic

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Our Human Rights Clinic gives you practical experience of working on real human rights issues alongside our experienced academics and allows you to take an active role in your own professional development.

It's in our DNA to teach and research law to make the world a better place. So, at Essex, we encourage you take your legal thinking beyond the classroom. Practical experience on your course and through extracurricular activities develops your legal and transferable skills, helping you to to stand out from the crowd, whether your future lies in law or another field.

Work experience as part of your course

As part of your degree course, you can choose the final-year option module LW237 Clinical Legal Education (Law Placement), which provides an opportunity to work for several weeks in a legal setting (in a law firm, in a company's in-house legal department, or in the local council or Citizens Advice Bureau for example).

Our 4-year course LLB Law with Placement Year enables you to gain 30 weeks of law-related placement work experience as an integral part of your law degree, ensuring you understand how law operates in practical settings.

Extra-curricular opportunities

  • Volunteering at the Essex Law Clinic allows you to work alongside practising solicitors to offer legal advice to clients in Colchester, and Southend, at legal help points in local courts, and to prisoners through the independent charity Prisoners' Advice Service.
  • Our University's Frontrunners scheme gives you the chance to undertake paid work placement and training opportunities across our campuses, assisting academic departments and professional services teams with a variety of projects.
  • Become a human rights and law evangelist. Run by our student Law Society, Essex Street Law gives you the chance to visit secondary schools to help pupils understand law, human rights and how they have an impact on their everyday lives.
  • Our student-led commercial awareness initiative helps you understand how law relates to the world of business.
  • Mooting competitions give you the chance to argue hypothetical points of law in front of a judge, helping to develop legal research skills, oral presentation techniques, and resilience under pressure.
  • Additional extracurricular competitions include client interviewing and negotiation.
  • Sign up for a networking skills workshop. Networking is important for law graduates across a wide range of sectors, particularly in relation to client development.
  • Using your experience to mentor other students is a great way to develop your communication skills and we provide you with training and opportunities to take on this responsibility.
  • Completing an internship is a great way to gain professional experience while you study.

Networking opportunities

We recognise the importance of networking. Throughout the year, there are careers talks on campus by legal professionals working in a wide range of roles and law firms offer opportunities to visit their offices. We run an annual law careers fair that brings international, regional and local law firms and other employers onto campus.

frontrunners placements

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frontrunners is our original placement scheme that offers students paid work opportunities on campus. You'll get on-placement training and great experience to add to your CV.

Essex Interns

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Internships are an excellent way to earn money and develop a stand-out CV. Register with us for information on paid internship opportunities with local, national and even international employers.

Law clinic

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Putting what you learn in lectures into practice is the best way to develop your legal skills. In our Essex Law Clinic you'll work alongside practising lawyers to advise real clients on real issues.

Learn languages

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All our students can learn languages in a number of ways, including as part of your degree, in evening classes or online at no extra cost, or via Essex Modern Language Certificates.